I had never seen one of these before and I was fascinated by the interesting color pattern. I used the”Snap” app on my phone to find out what it was. Its scientific name is fritillaria meleagris  and it is a member of the lily family. It is native to northern Europe, growing in grasslands in damp soils, where it is called “fritillary.”
This species has many common names:
snake’s head fritillary
snake’s head (original English name)
chess flower
guinea-hen flower
leper lily (because its shape resembled a bell once carried by lepers)
Lazarus bell (same explanation)
chequered daffodil (strange – it looks nothing like a daffodil!)
drooping tulip
The checkered lily comes in shades of purple or pure white. It blooms from March to May and grows to 15-40 cm (6-16 in) high. The plant has a poisonous bulb.

See more beautiful and varied flowers at Cee’s FOTD 5/4/19.

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